With the Olympics upon us, I wanted to take a moment and talk about one of the most unique athletes I have ever photographed, the American Bladerunner, Blake Leeper. He will be competing in Rio for Team USA and is an inspiring young man.
Being so close to the release of the 2013 Arizona State University Football campaign, I wanted to take an opportunity on to talk about an image that I created many years ago while still a student at ASU. When many people ask me where I believe I crossed the line from hobbyist to professional, I tell them of this campaign, and actually place the beginning on a single image. The fact that the image still lives on my website is a testament to how much I enjoy it and how much it means to me. It is the photo that opened many doors in my career, yet very few people know the background behind its creation. It is my image of Rudy Burgess. The shoot was the most intimidating thing I had done in my life up to that point, it was the first time that I was able to actually answer the question, “could I do that?”. The question exists as more than just a statement in its own right, it exists as a judgement of experience and often a boasting of knowledge by the unknowing. When I was being taught by my mentor, I would often look at […]